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Allergy sufferer totals $200,000 box truck

'Sneezing fit' leads to rollover crash ...

New Hampshire State Police, ROCHESTER, N.H. – The driver of a box truck was not hurt during a crash on Route 16 this morning.

At 7:48 a.m. today, May 10, 2024, the New Hampshire State Police was notified of a crash along the northbound travel lanes of Route 16 in Rochester.

State Troopers from the Troop A barracks responded and found a disabled box truck across both travel lanes at mile marker 16.2.

The on-scene investigation determined that the driver, identified as James Desrosiers, 29, of Concord, suffered a sneezing fit and lost control of the truck.

The box truck, a 2023 International, then collided with an adjacent guardrail along the breakdown lane and swerved back toward the middle of the roadway.

“If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, a minor headache, or a mild case of the common cold, you can probably still get things done. However, if an illness is keeping you from being fully engaged or focused on your job, it’s best to take a day off to rest.” – 12 good reasons to call out of work, BetterUp.com

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The truck then rolled over before coming to rest back on its wheels, perpendicular to the roadway.

Desrosiers was not hurt. There were no passengers in the truck and no other vehicles were involved.

Desrosiers and the box truck were placed out of service as a result of the ensuing motor carrier inspection.

The northbound lanes of travel were closed for approximately one hour while emergency personnel worked to make the scene safe for travel.

Troop A personnel were assisted on the scene by members of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Dover Police Department, Troop G of the State Police and Rochester Truck.

“Before hitting the road, check your local weather to see if you are at a higher risk of suffering from an allergy attack. Most weather reporting websites and broadcasters provide daily pollen counts and will warn you of high-risk days for hay fever. If the risk is unusually high, consider postponing your trip until the pollen count is lower.” – Steering with Sniffles: 5 Tips for Driving with Allergies, AARP 

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Anyone with additional information that could assist in the ongoing investigation is asked to contact Trooper William Bohnenberger at [email protected].

“One of Gather’s refrigerated trucks was involved in an accident early this morning, on its way to pick up surplus food from a retail donor. We’re so relieved that our Logistics Manager and long-time driver, James Desrosiers, is fine.” – GatherNH.org, a nonprofit food security organization

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